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Boot Camp

Northern Stage is thrilled to introduce Boot Camp, a program designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts. With support from the Pussycat Foundation and created to honor the philanthropic and creative spirits of Helen Gurley Brown and David Brown, Boot Camp serves young artists who lack access to the resources required to pursue professional-level arts training. Admission to colleges, BFA theater programs, and performing arts conservatories are highly competitive, and Boot Camp seeks to level the playing field by preparing students to compete at the highest level for continued arts and performance studies.

Run by Northern Stage’s Director of Education Eric Love, Boot Camp provides personalized training tailored to each student’s unique capabilities and aspirations, as well as assistance with college admission and financial aid applications. Boot Camp Cadets receive one-on-one training and mentorship from professional theater artists, participate in group master classes, and perform with Northern Stage’s Youth Ensemble Studio and Summer Musical Theater Intensive. In addition to these opportunities, Boot Camp Apprentices also receive training in theater administration and production while working part time in the Northern Stage offices. Included in the Boot Camp program is a trip to New York to experience Broadway productions and participate in the National Unified Auditions, where Cadets and Apprentices are seen by top universities. Boot Camp Director Eric Love says, “A life in the arts is a thrilling journey. For students who know this is the life they want, Boot Camp will turn their first steps into leaps toward the future.”

Boot Camp is currently invitation-only and just began its second year of a two-year beta program. This past year’s inaugural Boot Camp Company included Cadets James Bryan, Anna Caccavaro, Margaret Finley, Alia Gonzales, Lily Magoon, Kyle Mason, Emily Masteller, and David Stark and Apprentices Grace Davis and Rylee Pauling. With weekly voice and dance lessons, monthly master classes, audition preparation, and more, this rigorous program requires significant time and energy from the students. In the first year, all seven seniors/recent graduates were accepted into college theater programs.

What our 2017-18 Boot Camp Company has to say about the program…

“Boot Camp gave me all the opportunity and just asked me to give effort and have discipline,” -David Stark, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

“Getting accepted into college immediately after my first audition in the city was the most phenomenal feeling in the world,” -Emmy Masteller, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

“For the first time I am excited for what my future holds.” -Rylee Pauling, 2017-18 Boot Camp Apprentice

“Boot Camp is the best thing that has ever happened to me,” -Kyle Mason, 2017-18 Boot Camp Cadet

The 2018-19 Boot Camp Company is comprised of returning Cadets Margaret Finley, Alia Gonzales, and Lily Magoon, joined by Shane Boucher, Hayden Christensen, Ella Falcone, Samantha Gibbs, Tommy Page, Sydney Read, and Ana Laura Santana and Apprentice Marissa Mattogno. Northern Stage is thrilled to continue this intensive program as part of their mission to change lives, one story at a time.

Shane Boucher
Hayden Christensen
Ella Falcone
Margaret Finley
Samantha Gibbs
Alia Gonzalez
Lily Magoon
Marissa Mattogno
Tommy Page
Sydney Read
Ana Laura Santana

In collaboration with Northern Stage, the New London Barn Playhouse will offer “Boot Camp at the Barn.” Run by Program Manager Sarah Case, students perform in the Barn’s Junior Intern Company and are given mentorship and training focused on audition and college preparation. The Barn’s summer activity offers a unique opportunity to work closely with the extraordinary emerging artists who make up the renowned Barn Intern Company. These artists are often in the most competitive theater training programs in the country, and they offer an immediate and important perspective on theater training. “The Barn Playhouse is the perfect collaborator for Boot Camp,” says Northern Stage Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne.  “It IS a Boot Camp for brilliant young artists. For our high schoolers and recent graduates, being mentored by those who are doing it now is an extraordinary experience.”

For more information about the program or how to apply, contact Director of Education Eric Love at

Made possible through the generosity of the Pussycat Foundation.

Youth Training

The educational programs at Northern Stage seek to engage local students of all ages in exploring the world of theater while challenging their beliefs about the world around them. We meet each student at his or her own level and seek to build confidence, knowledge, and a love of theater in a professional environment. We hope that participating in classes and workshops at Northern Stage will help make theater a meaningful part of lives now and in the years to come. To learn more about our Education Programs, download our one-page flier by clicking here.


Northern Stage is thrilled to introduce Boot Camp, a program designed to nurture young theater artists by providing in-depth training and mentorship for high school juniors, seniors, and recent graduates who want to pursue a career in the arts.


Every June, Northern Stage offers week-long summer camps. All classes focus on team work, self-confidence, and acting techniques.


Each summer, Northern Stage offers the Summer Musical Theater Intensive and Technical Apprentice Program. These programs are designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to young actors, ages 12-18, and young technicians, ages 14-18.


Northern Stage believes the artistry that happens behind the scenes is just as important as the artistry that happens on the stage. We pride ourselves in having a fully professional and exceptionally gifted production staff, from our technical director, to our scenic artists, to our props master. This program is designed to train and inspire technical theater artists of the future. The summer Technical Apprentice Program runs in conjunction with the Summer Musical Theater Intensive. TAP students will work on this production in the shops and run crew for performances.


YES members will participate in group nights at the theater with post show discussions and monthly master classes with cast members and creative teams of the main stage productions. YES will also rehearse and perform three productions throughout the course of the academic school year, culminating in a fully-produced musical on the main stage.

YES, Jr.

YES, Jr. is designed for kids with a passion for theater in grades 4-6. From January-March the YES, Jr. company will see three shows at Northern Stage with a master class beforehand and talkbacks afterwards. Over February vacation week they will rehearse and perform a 30-minute play that focuses on acting technique.

Summer Musical Theater Intensive

Summer Musical Theater Intensive

Legally Blonde The Musical
July 24 – 28, 2019

Join us at Northern Stage this summer for our celebrated professional-level theater training program! Over the course of 4 weeks, students will rehearse and perform a musical at the Barrette Center for the Arts. This program is designed to extend the professionalism of our main stage to young actors, ages 12-18.

Dates: Monday, July 1 – Sunday, July 28, 2019
Studio Rehearsal:
 Monday, July 1 – Thursday, July 18: 10 AM – 5 PM (No rehearsals on Sundays)
Tech Rehearsal: Friday, July 19 – Tuesday, July 23: 9:30 AM – 8 PM (Sunday 7/22 Day Off)
Six Performances: Wednesday, July 24 – Sunday, July 28
Wed 7/24: 1st Preview (Rehearse 12 – 5 PM, show at 7:30 PM)
Thu 7/25: 2nd Preview (Rehearse 12 – 5 PM, show at 7:30 PM)
Fri 7/26: OPENING (Show at 7:30 PM)
Sat 7/27: Matinee (Show at 2 PM) and Evening (Show at 7:30 PM)
Sun 7/28: CLOSING (Show at 2 PM)
12-18. (This rigorous training program is designed for high school students, but actors 12 and up are welcome to audition.)
Program Cost: $1500
Scholarships: A limited number of need-based scholarships will be available for this program. For more information and to apply, see the Scholarship section below.

Please read the following information carefully for the audition process for the 2019 Summer Musical Theater Intensive.

Auditions: Saturday, February 16, 1 PM – 5:30 PM, Lemal Community Room
Please prepare the following:
-Your favorite contemporary musical theater song that best features your vocal talents (2-3 minutes in length).
-If you have NOT participated in at least one of the following educational programs: YES, Boot Camp, or SMTI, please prepare 1 comedic or dramatic monologue (1-2 minutes in length). If you need assistance finding an appropriate monologue, email Education Assistant Shelby Connolly at
-A piano accompanist will be provided. Please bring clearly marked sheet music in the correct key and one copy of your headshot* and resume** stapled together. Auditions will be held in 10-minute intervals between 10 AM and 6 PM. Click here to access the Regular Auditions Google Document to reserve your audition spot and click here to fill out your audition form.

*Headshot Requirements (Click here for an example headshot):
1. No sunglasses or hats may be worn
2. Should include face and torso
3. Photo should be vertical, not horizontal
4. Must be high resolution – any camera or smartphone will take a quality photo, please send us the original photo as copying from social media will be a lower resolution.
5. We highly encourage sending a recent photo.

**Click here for an example resume

By Wednesday, February 20, you will hear from Northern Stage with one of two results: WAITLIST or YES.
WAITLIST: You have not been accepted into the program at this time. You will be added to the waitlist and contacted if space becomes available.
YES: You have been accepted into the program.

If you are accepted into the program from this audition, you have until March 6 to register and reserve your spot with a non-refundable $600 deposit. After March 6, that spot will be offered to the next student in line on the waitlist. Full tuition must be paid by June 1. Please make sure you are committed to the program, regardless of role, before paying tuition, as Northern Stage does not offer refunds. To register, call the Northern Stage Box Office at (802) 296-7000.

Character Casting Audition: Sunday, May 5, 10 AM – 4 PM, Schleicher Rehearsal Studio
This audition will determine which parts will be assigned to the actors who have been accepted into the Summer Musical Theater Intensive. More information will be provided after students accepted into the program have paid their initial deposit.

Northern Stage welcomes actors from all over the country to participate in our Summer Musical Theater Intensive. If you are not able to audition in person, please send a video via a private YouTube link or on Google Drive with the required material no later than February 16, 2019. Your video audition will be given equal weight to those auditioning in person.


A limited number of need-based scholarships are available thanks to support from the Bea Alexander Scholarship Fund, established by Bea’s family to honor her memory and love of theater education.

If you are accepted into the program and need to apply for a scholarship, you have two weeks from the time you are accepted to submit a $100 non-refundable deposit and your scholarship application. The final deadline for all scholarship applications is March 6.

Click here to access the Summer Musical Theater Intensive Scholarship Form. Please print this form, fill it out, and return it to the Box Office. We will announce scholarship decisions by March 15.

Refunds and Cancellations: Please note that Northern Stage is not able to offer refunds. If you have any questions about your order, please contact the box office before purchasing.

Questions? Contact the Box Office at or (802) 296-7000.

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